We're into that time of year when the Heat Index becomes a weather indicator we need to be aware of to ensure the safety of our players. Heat Index is a combination of temperature and humidity. The guidelines below for determining how Heat Index impacts our games can be found on the YLM website. Go to the NOAA website (www.weather.gov) and enter the city or zip code in the local forecast search on the left side to get a current heat index for wherever you are.
As coaches, please err on the side of caution. Talk with your refs and coaches from the other teams about taking water breaks half way through each quarter. Typically the refs will ask the scorekeepers to blow the horn halfway through. Bring a cooler filled with water and towels.
Teams with practices should take extra and longer water breaks.
Up to 89°
Normal Play, but coaches should watch for signs of heat reactions and substitute accordingly. Players should be encouraged to remove helmets and drink extra water.
90° - 99°
Mandatory one-minute water breaks per quarter. Each quarter should be shortened by one minute. Game clock and any penalty clocks should be stopped during water breaks. Officials should remind teams there should be no coaching during water breaks. Players should take off their helmets and pour water on their heads in addition to drinking it.
100° - 105°
Mandatory two-minute water breaks per quarter. Each quarter should be shortened by two minutes. Game clock and any penalty clocks should be stopped during water breaks. Officials should remind teams there should be no coaching during water breaks. Players should remove their helmets and pour water on their heads in addition to drinking extra. Players should be encouraged to drink extra water throughout the day before the game and when they return home after the game.
If an Association is using League Athletics and the their website is synched with the YLM website, rosters have already been uploaded to the YLM. The YLM has administrative access to the rosters but they can not been seen by the public.
Associations with League Athletics that are linked to the YLM, have fulfilled their obligations concerning rosters.
As a requirement for compliance as a Gold Stick Standard League, YLM coaches will be required to be Level I certified by US Lacrosse. The ONLY certification clinic in the area will be held this Saturday, July 26th at 9:00 at Eden Prairie High School. If you have a desire to improve your knowledge of the game and to become a better coach, you need to attend this clinic. It's imperative that we take advantage of these opportunities when they are presented to further our learning as coaches. Currently, less than 8% of the coaches in Minnesota are certified. In Wisconsin, certification is mandatory or you can not coach. Their participation level is 100%. We're trying to raise Minnesota to 20% ,but we're not going to get there if coaches don't get certified. Show you're actually serious about coaching and you're committed to learning so we can properly grow the sport. We still have a few spots available for the 50% discount. Get certified for half the cost, have a free lunch, become a better coach, help your association, get your kid recruited. The Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association has the highest percentage of certified coaches in the state, the highest number of Level II coaches and the only Level III coaches. It's not an accident that the Varsity team has more State Championship appearances than any school in the state. Check the attached link so you can register before the event fills. The remaining requirements to become certified are also located on this USL page. We look forward to seeing you in this weekend.
As part of the change from grade-based to age-based divisions, the YLM will only accept age-eligible ninth-grade participation in 2014 through a limited and strict waiver process.
The process to request ninth-grade participation can be located in the 2014 YLM Operating Policies located under the "Documents" tab to the left. Any questions should be submitted to your District Director.
The 2014 YLM season divisions and age guidelines are as follows:
On or after 9/1/1998 U15
On or after 9/1/2000 U13
On or after 9/1/2002 U11
On or after 9/1/2004 U9